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Master of Early Childhood Education

Provides the continuing professional development for early childhood educators and the extension in career pathways.

Master of Early Childhood Education


There is much emphasis on providing quality care and education for children as society recognises the importance of investing in their well-being and development. The Master of Early Childhood Education Programme (MECED) provides the continuing professional development for early childhood educators and the extension in career pathways for those who aspire to take on key roles that will influence the advancement of the field.

Pitched to address current issues and challenges in the early childhood sector, this programme places emphases on pedagogical approaches, quality assessment and informed practices. It aims to develop early childhood practitioners, curriculum leaders, trainers, supervisors, and those who wish to pursue research in early childhood education.

Unique features of the programme:

  • Courses address current trends in early childhood education locally & globally
  • Students have the option to embark on one of three specialisation tracks – Practitioner, Leadership or Research
  • Interdisciplinary courses offered as electives
  • Courses are taught by experienced, well-qualified academics and professionals in the early childhood sector
  • Classes are scheduled to suit the needs of working adults

This programme offers the following specialisations:

Admission Requirements

Refer to general admission criteria for graduate programmes.

In addition, applicants will need to meet these minimum requirements:

  • A recognised degree and the ECDA accredited Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education (DECCE-T).
  • At least two (2) years' experience in the Early Childhood Education sector.

In the event of overwhelming demand and limited vacancy, priority will be given to eligible applicants who applied early. You are encouraged to submit your application early to avoid disappointment.

This programme is currently unable to take in international students, i.e., you must be a Singapore citizen, permanent resident or a resident in Singapore (e.g., Employment Pass holder) in order to apply for admission.

Financial Assistance

The University offers course fee concession for some master's programmes. Please click here for more details.

The ECDA Scholarship is offered to outstanding and deserving in-service early childhood educators who wish to pursue the MECED programme. Scholarship application ends on 20 April 2018 for the July 2018 intake. Details of the scholarship terms and bond conditions can be found here. For any queries, please e-mail to ZWNkYV9wcEBlY2RhLmdvdi5zZw==.

Programme Structure

To graduate with the Master of Early Childhood Education, students are required to complete a total of 60 credit units (CUs) and obtain a minimum CGPA of 3.0.

The MECED programme offers three specialisation tracks, – Practitioner, Leadership and Research – providing our students the optimal professional pathways within the early childhood sector. Upon successful completion of the six core courses with a minimum CGPA of 3.0, students could then embark on one of the three specialisation tracks.


Module Types
30 Credit Units
30 Credit Units


Practitioners, curriculum leaders, trainers and supervisors in the Early Childhood Education field who are seeking to enhance or extend their professional pathways and upgrade sector-relevant skills should embark on the Master of Early Childhood Education (MECED) programme.

The Master of Early Childhood Education programme provides the career pathways for early childhood educators who aspire to take on critical roles that will influence the advancement of the field. Graduates of the programme will be equipped with vital knowledge and skills that will enable them to value-add the early childhood sector through advocacy, practice, training and research, serving as critical motivators and evaluators of curriculum, pedagogy and practice.

  1. How many intakes are there in a year for Master of Early Childhood Education?
    There is one intake a year; every July.

  2. What is the duration to complete the programme?
    The Master of Early Childhood Education is a minimum 2-year programme. The maximum candidature is 4 years.

  3. How many courses do students take in each semester?
    Students are recommended to complete 3 courses per semester.

  4. When are the lessons scheduled?
    Lessons are scheduled on 4 Saturdays per course, from 8.30am to 5.30pm, with a lunch break of an hour.
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